Thorns FC midfielder Vero Boquete named to NWSL Best XI

Steph Catley, Allie Long & Jessica McDonald earn NWSL Second XI recognition

2014 NWSL Best XI

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Photos by Craig Mitchelldyer

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC midfielder Vero Boquete was named to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Best XI, while defender Steph Catley, midfielder Allie Long and forward Jessica McDonald earned NWSL Second XI recognition, it was announced today.

Boquete, 27, who finished second in the NWSL Most Valuable Player award voting, appeared in 15 matches (all starts) during the regular season for Thorns FC. A three-time NWSL Player of the Week selection during the regular season, Boquete ranked tied for fourth in the NWSL in assists (6) and tallied four goals. Her six assists set a Thorns FC single-season club record. The Spain Women’s National Team captain arrived in Portland midseason, making her debut for the club on June 7 against the Western New York Flash.

Catley, 20, registered five assists for Thorns FC, appearing in 14 matches (13 starts) during the 2014 regular season. The Australian international made her debut for Portland on June 7 and recorded a stretch of four consecutive matches with an assist, setting a club record for assists in consecutive matches from July 13-23.

Long, 27, finished the 2014 regular season ranked tied for fifth in the league with nine goals. In 22 appearances (20 starts), Long registered three assists and tallied her first career brace for Thorns FC with two goals against FC Kansas City on July 13 at Providence Park. Long also was perfect from the penalty spot, converting all four attempts this season.

McDonald, 26, finished the season as Portland’s leading scorer (11 goals), which ranked tied for third in the league. One of two Thorns FC players to appear in all 24 regular-season matches (13 starts), McDonald set a club single-season record for goals, while tallying two braces (April 26 and June 21) and scoring the fastest goal in NWSL history (33 seconds) against the Chicago Red Stars on July 17.

The NWSL Best XI team (listed at position, alphabetically by last name):

Position Player Club Country Note

Goalkeeper

Alyssa Naeher

Boston Breakers

USA

106 saves

         

Defender

Kendall Fletcher

Seattle Reign FC

USA

.83 team GAA

Defender

Ali Krieger

Washington Spirit

USA

1 goal

Defender

Christie Rampone

Sky Blue FC

USA

1 goal, 2 assists

Defender

Becky Sauerbrunn

FC Kansas City

USA

8 shutouts

         

Midfielder

Vero Boquete

Portland Thorns FC

Spain

4 goals, 6 assists

Midfielder

Jess Fishlock

Seattle Reign FC

Wales

4 goals, 8 assists

Midfielder

Kim Little

Seattle Reign FC

Scotland

16 goals, 7 assists

         

Forward

Lauren Holiday

FC Kansas City

USA

8 goals, 7 assists

Forward

Nahomi Kawasumi

Seattle Reign FC

Japan

9 goals, 5 assists

Forward

Amy Rodriguez

FC Kansas City

USA

13 goals, 3 assists

NWSL Second XI – Goalkeeper: Hope Solo, Seattle Reign FC – Defenders: Lauren Barnes, Seattle Reign FC; Steph Catley, Portland Thorns FC; Stephanie Cox, Seattle Reign – Midfielders: Carli Lloyd, Western New York Flash; Allie Long, Portland Thorns FC; Heather O’Reilly, Boston Breakers – Forwards: Jessica McDonald, Portland Thorns FC; Christen Press, Chicago Red Stars; Jodie Taylor, Washington Spirit

The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, club officials and NWSL players.

Voters for the Best XI provided selections for four (4) defenders and a combination of six (6) midfielders or forwards; with the ability to select a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of three (3) forwards. The Goalkeeper of the Year was automatically named to the Best XI.

The Second XI is comprised of the next leading vote getters at each position that did not make the Best XI.